Changi upbeat on Kangaroo route despite Qantas pull-out

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Singapore's Changi airport is confident that it will remain a key stopover point for passengers travelling between Australia and Europe after Qantas shifts its European hub to Dubai in April.

The airport's senior vice-president for market development, Lim Ching Kiat, says that the Australian carrier's move will impact its transfer traffic next year, but he is confident that passengers will continue to choose Singapore as a transit point between Australia and Europe.

"Some people prefer to transfer via a certain hub and others another hub for various reasons," he says.

Qantas will move its European services to Dubai from 1 April as part of its wide-ranging alliance with Emirates.

Lim says that the Kangaroo route remains very important for the airport, and that traffic continues to grow despite the economic challenges in Europe.

"Last year, our traffic with Australia grew at 9.6% and our traffic to [and from] Europe grew at 7.5%, so both are still showing healthy signs of growth," he says.

As a result of Qantas's move, the carrier will reschedule its Singapore services to better accommodate passengers travelling to Asia, and Lim says that the airport remains committed to working with Qantas to build more connections through Changi.

"We are still continuing to engage with them and to see how we can do partnerships to drive more transfer traffic through Singapore," he says.